Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Paul Schenly has been a soloist with major United States orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic. He made two United States tours with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and toured with the same orchestra in Europe. He has appeared in many summer festivals, including repeated performances at the Hollywood Bowl, the Ravinia Festival, Blossom Music Center and the Mostly Mozart Festival.
Mr. Schenly appeared in the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, and in acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Hall. He has performed with many of the world's leading conductors including James Levine, Erich Leinsdorf, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Edo de Waart, Mstislav Rostropovich, Robert Shaw and Aaron Copland, Michael Tilson Thomas and Kiril Kondrashin.
Born in Munich, Mr. Schenly lived in South America before coming to the U.S. at age five. Currently, he is the head of the Cleveland Institute of Music Piano Department and holds the Reinberger Chair in Piano. He earned a Master of Music degree from CIM, where he studied with Victor Babin.
Mr. Schenly has served on the juries of several national and international competitions and his students have won many national and international prizes. He is on the advisory board of the American Pianists Foundation and on the nominating committee for the Gilmore Piano Foundation. He has recorded for Sine Qua Non and RCA. Mr. Schenly is artistic director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and is the founder/director of Pianofest in the Hamptons.
His website address, including video of his performances and information about Pianofest in the Hamptons is PaulSchenly.com
Dubbed “a major artist” by the Miami Herald and a “quiet maverick” by the Daily Telegraph, pianist Alexander Korsantia has been praised for the “clarity of his technique, richly varied tone and dynamic phrasing” (Baltimore Sun), and a “piano technique where difficulties simply do not exist” (Calgary Sun). The Boston Globe found his interpretation of his signature piece, Pictures at an Exhibition, to be “a performance that could annihilate all others one has heard.” And the Birmingham Post wrote: “his intensely responsive reading was shot through with a vein of constant fantasy, whether musing or mercurial.” Ever since winning the First Prize/Gold Medal at the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and the First Prize at the Sidney International Piano Competition, Korsantia’s career has taken him to many of the world’s major concert halls, collaborating with renowned conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda, Valery Gergiev, and Paavo Järvi, with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Kirov Orchestra, RAI Orchestra in Turin, The City of Birmingham Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and Israel Philharmonic.
In the current and coming seasons Mr. Korsantia performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major with the Boston Philharmonic, Akron Symphony and Xiamen Philharmonic, Rachmaninoff’s Third with Israel Symphony, Prokofiev’s Second with Stuttgart Philharmoniker and Telavi Festival in Georgia, Beethoven’s Fourth with Israel Philharmonic, Chopin Second with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Ingolstadt Chamber Orchestra. With The Far Cry chamber group he is going to perform Galina Ustvolskaya’s Piano Concerto in Boston and Tbilisi, Georgia. In addition, he plays recitals at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Washington D.C., the Walnut Hill School, Greenfield Village (Michigan), Blaibach, Germany, Lodz (Poland), Jordan Hall in Boston, Cincinnati Conservatory, Shanghai Concert Hall, Chengdu Conservatory Hall as well as extensive recital tour in Israel and Georgia.
Mr. Korsantia’s past engagements include appearances with the Huntsville, Pacific, Louisville, Bogota, San Juan, Jerusalem, Oregon, Vancouver, Omaha, New Orleans, Elgin, Mannheim, Tokyo, Louisiana, Oslo, Malaga and Israel symphony orchestras; Georgian Sinfonieta; Ingolstadt and Israel chamber orchestras; Jerusalem Camerata; Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse; Polish Radio Orchestra; and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in Mexico City, among others. He has been heard in the Piano Jacobins concert series in Toulouse; in Warsaw, Boston, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Calgary, San Francisco, Lodz; with the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg; at the Tanglewood, Newport, Stresa, Gilmore, and Verbier festivals and music series, performing solo recitals and collaborating with musicians such as Vadim Repin, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, Sergei Nakariakov and the Stradivari Quartet among others. Bel Air Music and Piano Classics are among the recording labels Mr. Korsantia has worked with. The most recent release is a collection of Beethoven (Eroica Variations), Rachmaninoff (Chopin Variations), and Copland (Piano Variations).
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Alexander Korsantia began his musical studies at an early age with his mother, Sventlana Korsantia, and later became a pupil of Tengiz Amiredjibi, Georgia’s foremost piano instructor. In 1992, he moved his family to the United States and joined the famed piano studio of fellow Georgian, Alexander Toradze, at Indiana University in South Bend. In 1999, he was awarded one of the most prestigious national awards, the Order of Honor, bestowed on him by then-President Eduard Shevardnadze. He is a recipient of the Golden Wing award (2015) and Georgia’s National State Prize (1997). Korsantia resides in Boston where he is a Professor of Piano on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Mr. Korsantia is the artistic adviser of the annual music festival “From Easter to Ascension” in Georgia.
Jerome Lowenthal, born in 1932, continues to fascinate audiences who find in his playing a youthful intensity and an eloquence born of life-experience. He is a virtuoso of the fingers and the emotions.
Mr. Lowenthal studied in his native Philadelphia with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski, in New York with William Kapell and Edward Steuermann, and in Paris with Alfred Cortot, meanwhile traveling annually to Los Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. After winning prizes in three international competitions (Bolzano, Darmstadt, and Brussels), he moved to Jerusalem where, for three years, he played, taught and lectured.
Returning to America, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic playing Bartok's Concerto no. 2 in 1963. Since then, he has performed more-or-less everywhere, from the Aleutians to Zagreb. Conductors with whom he has appeared as soloist include Barenboim, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas, Temirkanov, and Slatkin, as well as such giants of the past as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir (his late wife), Carmel Lowenthal (his daughter), and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark, Avalon and Shanghai Quartets. He has recently recorded the Beethoven Fourth Concerto with cadenzas by eleven different composers. His other recordings include concerti by Tschaikovsky and Liszt, solo works by Sinding and Bartok, and chamber-music by Arensky and Taneyev.
Teaching, too, is an important part of Mr. Lowenthal's musical life. For eighteen years at the Juilliard School and for thirty-nine summers at the Music Academy of the West, he has worked with an extraordinary number of gifted pianists, whom he encourages to understand the music they play in a wide aesthetic and cultural perspective and to project it with the freedom which that perspective allows.
Professor at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at the University “Alfonso X el Sabio” (Madrid). Professor in the Sommerakademie Mozarteum of Salzburg and Professor for 13 years in the Conservatorio Superior of Castellón.
Academic Member of the “Academia de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel de Hungría”, in Seville (Spain). He worked as “teacher in residence” in the University of Music in San Juan – Puerto Rico, advising the department of piano.
Born in Cuba, is a Spanish citizen and lives in Spain since 1991.
He graduated from the University of Havana under the tutelage of Frank Fernandez, a student of Victor Merzhanov, which itself was a disciple of Feinberg, so he follows the traditional Russian school.
First Prize in the Guerrero Foundation International Piano Competition (Madrid). Second Prize at Jaén International Piano Competition and Prizes to: “Best Interpretation Contemporary Music” and the “Best Interpretation of Spanish Music, Rosa Sabater Prize”.
First Prize in the International Piano Competition “Ciudad de Manresa” (Spain).
Second Prize at International Piano Competition “Cidade Do Porto” in Porto, Portugal. Grand Prize to the Best Concert Soloist of Korea, First Prize in the International Piano Competition “Teresa Carreño” in Venezuela. Prize whit Distinzione in the Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Aosta – Italy, Prize Sommerakademie Mozarteum of Salzburgo…
He’s considered as one of the best interpreters of Beethoven… Leonel knows him very deeply and it shows when it comes to the transmission of feelings. There can be different tastes, but I personally think that is the best performer of this author I’ve ever heard. (EL País, Jesús Orera)
One of the pianists worldwide that has turned interpreting during two consecutive nights the integral of the concerts for piano and orchestra of Rachmaninov including the Rhapsody on a Paganini’s Theme.
Prize “Cabaion D’Oro 2013” (Verona) and Prize “Tasto D´Argento 2008” (Alexandria) in Italy because of his consolidate international career.
In 2001, he turned with the National Orchestra of Spain for the USA under the direction of the Maestro Frühbeck de Burgos organized by Columbia Artists obtaining a great success in the Angels, New Jersey, Dallas, Houston, Washington (Kennedy Concert Hall)… extraordinary interpretation and great power.(WASHINGTON POST).
…Undoubtedly Morales is a pianist of great virtuosity, trust, efficiency but of big naturalness and without big gestures (CLASSICAL MUSIC REVIEW)
His second tour of 23 concerts on the best halls of USA in 2006, he obtained a spectacular success playing the Concert number 1 by Tchaikovsky and the Concert number 3 by Rachmaninov with the Symphonic Orchestra of the state of Mexico under the conduction of Enrique Bátiz.
…His incredible Concert of Tchaikovsky created an instantaneous ovation. “Hero of the day”. (Palm Beach Post).
In the Weill Recital Hall of the Carnegie Hall of New York… Impressively clean and nice structured Sonata Op. 101 of Beethoven …His marvellous Petrouska made tremble the audience. (Harris Goldsmith, NEW YORK CONCERT REVIEW)
Once again in 2010, the critical named him as “the hero” in the concert tour of Germany in halls such as “Beethovensaal” in Stuttgart, “BASF-Feierabendhaus” in Ludwigshafen with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra playing the Concert n. 1 by F. Chopin.
…The Spanish pianist with Cuban origin, was the hero of the night, with his enormous technique achieved the magic in every note with facility. He played the piano with elegance, discipline and intelligence. After the frantic applause, Morales offered three pieces out of the program: “Malagueña” from Ernesto Lecuona. “Danza” from Ignacio Cervantes and one waltz from Chopin in which he showed again his brilliant technique. (Die Rheinpfalz)
He is invited to be part of jury at major International Piano Competitions.
In Italy: CHOPIN (Rome), SALA GALLO (Monza), POZZOLI (Seregno), CITTÀ DE MARSALLA, AMA CALABRIA, MENDELSSOHN, LUCIANO GANTE. In Spain: CIUDAD DE FERROL, JOAQUÍN RODRIGO and A. GARCÍA ABRIL. In Germany: AMADEO (Aachen) and NEUE STERNE (Wernigerode). ANDORRA, OPORTO, PARNASSOS (Mexico) and JEAN FRANÇAIS (Paris).
He was President of the competitions CAMPILLOS (Málaga) and SCRIABIN (Grosseto), AMA CALABRIA, CANTÚ and VALSESIA in Italy.
He and his wife are the founders of International Piano Competition “Spanish Composers” held annually in Las Rozas de Madrid, International Piano Competition “Maria Herrero” has its annual meeting in July in Granada, International Piano Festival Masterclss “Leonel Morales” and International Piano Course for Children-Teenagers, which is also developed in July in Granada.
Morales offers Master Classes in Korea, Italy, Mexico… in the USA, in the Festival Steinway of the University of Florida and Houston (Texas).
He also runs successful courses in which he analyses and interprets the 32 Beethoven Sonatas.
Many of his pupils have been award winners at national and international competitions like Iturbi, Ferrol, Valsesia, Parnassós, Pretoria, Scriabin, Flechilla-Zuloaga, etc.
Additional faculty artists TBA